Sure, the big draw is Ru Paul. I saw her in Savannah and it was, literally, a tranny mess. But everybody has an off day. Those similarly concerned can take heart that there is a healthy list of fellow entertainers.
Including Richard Cortez (above). What? You thought we just put a shirtless guy on this post for kicks?
• Hero Awards Gala, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Ballroom, Embassy Suites (200 Stoneridge Drive, Zoo Exit off of 126), Tickets are $20 in advance (visit scpride.org or the Harriet Hancock Community Center to purchase tickets), $30 at the door. Ticket prices include $10 cover to enter the Villain Party at Club Fusion before 11:30 p.m. Come dressed to impress and help SC Pride hand out its annual awards at a superhero-themed event. Cash bar and light hor d’oeurves.
• Villain After-Party, 11:00 p.m., Club Fusion (920 Lady Street), $10 cover, free with Hero Gala ticket before 11:30 p.m. Celebrate Pride with DJ Junior Vasquez – Hero or Villain costumes a plus!
"We truly believe that this week, South Carolina is 'so gay,' " said Ryan Wilson, president of SC Pride.
The annual South Carolina Pride Festival and Celebration is being held in Columbia this week. Events include a film festival, parade and appearance by entertainer and female impersonator RuPaul. Wilson said he expects about 7,000 to attend.
For the record, it seems like we always miss out on Pride. There's always something going on somewhere. This year, we're in town for family stuff. But don't let that stop you. Get on up to Columbia and shake your rainbow.
Geez. So much going on. Here's a link to the larger calendar. I'll be posting about particular events later.
'Notha From AFFA:
STIX 'n Stonz
Proceeds to benefit Reel Grits LGBT Film Festival
September 27 from 6-9 pm
(bidding closes at 8 pm)
At Urban Outfitters
371 King Street - Charlesto
"In The Life" is a monthly television show aired on PBS stations across the country-but not in SC-that documents the full range of the LGBT experience and the issues that impact our lives and our communities through stories on politics and public policy, personal and community health, religion and spirituality, and more.
AFFA has arranged with InTheLifeTV for advance copies of the show to air here in a project co-sponsored by AFFA and INTERWEAVE, the GLBT outreach of the Unitarian Church at Gage Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Sundays, Sept 14, Oct 5, and Nov 2. Light refreshments. Admission is free.